- Q. Where can I find information about the history of ESPEC?
- A. Please see "ESPEC's History"
- ESPEC's History
- Q. What is the derivation of the name?
- A. Based on the results of a survey of people in more than a dozen countries, a combination of alphabetic characters were selected to create an image of internationality, intelligence and progressiveness.
- ESPEC Identity Corporate Philosophy
- Q. What is your company code?
- A. 6859
- Q. On which exchanges is ESPEC listed?
- A. ESPEC is listed on the first sections of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
- Q. Please describe your management plan.
- A. Please refer to the "Management Plan".
- Management Plan
- Q. What is your policy on returning benefits to shareholders?
- A. Our Group considers it one of the essential management priorities to pass along benefits to shareholders and our basic policy is to increase shareholders' profits to enhance the permanent value of the business. We determine the amount of dividend using the payout ratio on a consolidated basis in the respective financial years as a rough indication.
- Dividend / Shareholder Returns
Accounts and financial information
- Q. When do you release your results and hold general meetings?
- A.Please refer to the "IR calendar".
- IR Calendar
- Q. Where can I find historical performance data?
- A. Please see the "Financial Highlights".
- Financial Highlights
- Q. What are your performance forecasts for the current year?
- A. The latest information releases can be found under "IR". Changes to forecasts are published from time to time.
- Q. There appears to be an imbalance between accounts receivable and accounts payable.
- A. Our sales tend to be concentrated at the end of each business year because of the way in which our customers manage their budgets. That is the main reason for the increase in accounts receivable toward the end of each business year.
- Q. Do orders and sales tend to be concentrated in either the first or second half of the year, or in particular quarters?
- A. There is a concentration in the second half. On a quarterly basis, there tends to be a weighting toward the second and fourth quarters, especially the fourth quarter.
- Q. To what extent is your performance affected by rises or falls in the value of the yen?
- A. A high yen has a negative impact. However, the effect is minimal, since we trade mainly in yen.
- Q. How are your sales spread among the various markets?
- A. The market for electronic devices and equipment for almost 36%, the automotive market for about 26%, the semiconductor market accounts for about 9% and the flat panel device market for almost 2%. Almost 27% of sales are derived from the markets for other items.
General business activities
- Q. What are your shares of the markets in which you are involved?
- A. In the area of environmental testing equipment, we have a domestic market share of over 60% (a global market over 30%).
- Q. What barriers are there to market entry by new competitors?
- A. ESPEC CORP. was the first company in Japan to develop environmental test chambers, led other companies in establishing a nationwide network of agencies and acquired the leading market share. In addition to high-quality, highly functional environmental test chambers made with advanced technological capabilities and that are highly customizable, the Company also provides total services including commissioned tests and product rentals. ESPEC also has a substantial global network including manufacturing bases in the U.S., China and South Korea. We have built a framework that enables customers to use us anywhere in the world with a sense of security, and we believe it would be difficult for other companies to newly enter the market.
- Q. What kind of business is the Equipment Business?
- A. Manufacturing and sales of environmental test chamber, Energy devices equipment and Semiconductor equipment.
- Q. What percentages of your environmental test chamber is used for R&D, production and other applications?
- A. Around 70% of our products are used in R&D and about 30% for inspection.
- Q. What is the service life of your environmental testing equipment.
- A. This varies according to conditions of use. Generally 8-10 years.
- Q. What type of equipment do you have available in relation to batteries?
- A. As well as providing environmental testers, charge-discharge evaluation equipment and safty evaluation system that are used for R&D, aging, inspection and evaluation.
- Q. What percentages of burn-in systems are used in R&D and production?
- A. Almost production.
- Q. What percentages of your instrumentation systems are used for R&D, production and other applications?
- A. Around 70% of our instrumentation systems are used in R&D. The remainder is used mainly in reliability and quality management.
- Q. What kind of business is the Service Business?
- A. Providing after service, engineering, commissioned test and facility rental.
- Q. What kind of business is the Other Business?
- A. The forest wetland and greening business (reforestation: tree planting, waterfront biotope restoration and urban greening) and plant production systems (plant factory and equipment for growing plants).